A day care in Brookhaven was shut down after it forged documents and kept children in unsafe conditions, the city said.
Fifteen children, most younger than 18 months, were at the Precious Moments Nursery on Clairmont Road, Brookhaven said in a statement.
The day care was never issued a certificate of occupancy for the building and filed a forged document with the state, Brookhaven Fire Marshal Joe Burge said.
“The Georgia Department of Early Care called us to inquire about their paperwork, which is how we were alerted to the problem,” Burge said in the statement.
The building also had numerous safety issues, the city said, including no sprinkler system, an obstructed entrance and exit, and no fire barriers between the two floors. The day care operated out of a yellow, two-story building.
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“It is unconscionable that a business would put babies at risk without proper fire safety precautions in place,” City Manager Christian Sigman said.
The day care was issued a stop-work order and a citation for not having a certificate of occupancy. It was shut down at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Brookhaven said.
According to its hours posted online, that was an hour before the nursery was scheduled to close for the day.
The city does not know how long Precious Moments Nursery was operating before it was shut down. The case has been turned over to Brookhaven police’s criminal investigations unit.
The owner of the day care could not be reached for comment.
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